HGTV’s Eric Eremita Talks Surviving COVID, DIY And The Next Big Trends In Home Renovation
HGTV’s Eric Eremita Talks Surviving COVID, DIY And The Subsequent Huge Traits In House Renovation
Eric Eremtia is greatest identified from a number of HGTV reveals together with Love It Or List It and Brother Vs Brother, because the stereotypical New York contractor you wouldn’t wish to battle with, particularly when he has energy instruments in his fingers. However, Eremita not too long ago made headlines for being within the battle of his life towards COVID-19.
Earlier this yr, he spent three weeks in a New York Metropolis hospital, two of which he was on a ventilator. Whereas he’s extremely grateful to be alive, he is not resting on his laurels anytime quickly. Between his household, varied companies together with a clothes line referred to as Thirteen, and promoting a brand new tv present, the fact star could not be busier proper now.
There’s no denying that Eremita was an integral a part of two HGTV reveals, even saying everybody on the community was “like my household.”
Nonetheless, in 2019 he realized he was prepared to maneuver onto one thing else. “The renovations have been nice. The folks have been nice. However, I believed it was time for my very own factor,” he tells me.
Eremita determined to create his personal actuality present, referred to as Homeboys, which co-stars his apprentice and pal Conrad Layton. “He is received savviness and he is youthful than I’m. So, it’s me displaying him the ropes, which he is very wanting to study.”
The present follows the 2 males as they renovate properties of people that dwell in varied elements of the tri-state space (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), not removed from the place the Staten Island native presently resides. Whereas the householders love their neighborhoods, they don’t essentially have the identical sentiment about their dwelling areas. The result’s extra about loving than itemizing.
Whereas Homeboys hasn’t discovered a house fairly but, Eremita has been in talks with varied networks. It doesn’t matter what occurs, he’s extremely pleased with this undertaking. “It’s displaying unity and positivity. We’ll do some nice renovations and make you snigger. There is not any doom and gloom.”
In any case, Eremita and his household survived one of the crucial doom and gloom situations anybody can expertise proper now. Even after waking up and finishing therapy for COVID-19, his medical doctors didn’t have excessive hopes for a whole restoration. “They informed me I might have a tough time strolling once more, however I proved them flawed. And I proved the entire state of affairs flawed. The hospital truly calls me the miracle,” he says.
Whereas nearly fully recovered, the deeply non secular Eremita is a modified man who has gained a brand new appreciation for the whole lot he has. “Do not sweat the small stuff. That is all I’ll say. And by that I imply with out well being, you don’t have anything. You will get one of the best medical doctors on the earth, however that may’t purchase you well being. Once you undergo one thing as traumatic as that, you respect the whole lot round you. You respect the leaves on the timber and the canine barking. You respect all of it.”
Eremita feels extremely lucky particularly as a result of many individuals haven’t been as fortunate, particularly Broadway star Nick Cordero and his spouse, Amanda Kloots. “I put a memorial up for her husband as a result of I simply felt that I needed to. And there are such a lot of folks, Tom Hanks, and his household. However overlook about celebrities, what about folks all world wide that have been affected by this?”
He’s presently attempting to prepare a fundraiser for households impacted by coronavirus, hoping that different celebrities will get on board with him.
Pandemic Renovation Traits
The contractor additionally is aware of the pandemic has modified how so many individuals really feel in regards to the locations they dwell. Whereas well being is a very powerful factor, Eremita acknowledges that everybody is sick of staying dwelling and “the identical 4 partitions.”
However in relation to main renovations, he suggests continuing with warning. Whereas HGTV has a approach of creating DIY tasks look straightforward, actuality tv is not actual life. Eremita cautions householders from getting in over their heads. “They begin ripping down partitions, they notice, I want an electrician. I want a plumber. I did not know there have been pipes within the wall. I did not know there have been heavy responsibility beams sitting above there.”
Eremita says its completely tremendous for householders to color, set up trim or doubtlessly strive their fingers at tile work, however he discourages amateurs from making an attempt any undertaking that would completely harm their properties or worse. “Should you don’t know something about electrical work, you’ll be able to actually trigger fires, shorts, and issues of that nature.”
Plumbing is one other undertaking that may trigger main harm when put in improperly. Whereas altering a faucet or showerhead is one thing many individuals can do on their very own, swapping out a water tank for instance requires skilled assist. “Water points don’t go away. So, don’t attempt to try plumbing, if you happen to don’t know what you’re doing,” he says.
One other seemingly minor DIY undertaking he discourages is putting in wallpaper. It’s way more sophisticated than it seems to be. “Wallpaper is just not a straightforward factor. And the costlier the wallpaper, the extra you actually do not wish to mess it up.”
The Future Of House Design
Whereas the previous years have seen a wide range of shifts when it comes to fashion, there’s one main pattern that Eremita says isn’t going away any time quickly. The open idea house is right here to stick with the formal lounge on its approach out. He doesn’t even have one in his own residence. “After we stated we will construct our dream dwelling, we did not desire a lounge. So the massive open idea goes from the kitchen, into the consuming space, into the household room and den. It’s open from finish to finish,” he says.
He additionally thinks the formal eating room is subsequent to go. “I’ve a proper eating room myself and I believe previously fifteen years I’ve eaten in it twice.”
However giant open kitchens are right here to remain. “It is the guts of the house. It’s going to at all times be the guts of the house,” he says. Contemplating most individuals are spending extra time with household lately, it’s straightforward to grasp why. In any case, nobody has a greater appreciation for his household proper now than Eremita does.